Day in history for April 10, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Good improved farms in Rock Island County are now selling at $20 to $25 an acre and unimproved land at $5 to $7. Only two years ago land could still be claimed at $1.25 an acre.

1879 -- 125 years ago
John Frederick Wolferz, 80, died this morning. He had served in the Prussian Army, was in the Florida War and the Mexican War. For 30 years he had made knives, forks and spoons in this city, doing first class work.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Fire destroyed the Galesburg High School. Two firemen were killed by a falling wall.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A site, 42nd Street and 22nd Avenue, Rock Island, has been selected for the proposed Denkmann Grade School.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A wild raccoon, first spotted atop McCabe's store sign, attracted scores of spectators in downtown Rock Island. After police and firemen had been called and a fire ladder raised, the coon scampered along a ledge of the Rock Island Bank Building and crouched beside an air conditioning unit of the Dr. R.M. Criswell office. The coon was captured later after it jumped.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A conrete gold lion statue was stolen and a metal statue damaged Monday evening at the Stardust Motel, 1166 19th St., Moline. An employee told police the lion was stolen and an arm was torn from a metal statue after 5 p.m. Monday. The items were valued at more than $150.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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